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Ed Rush resigns following Miller comments

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now/AP) -

The Pac-12 has announced that head of officials Ed Rush has resigned following comments made regarding Arizona coach Sean Miller.

Rush offered a group of officials $5,000 or a trip to Cancun if they hit Miller with a technical foul or ejected him during a game. It is unknown if it was a serious offer or not.

Miller was given a technical foul during the Arizona v. UCLA game last week and was fined for confronting an official on the floor.

Rush Released the following statement.

"My first and highest concerns have always been the integrity of the game of basketball and the honor of the craft of officiating. While I am proud of what we have accomplished, my decision to resign reflects my strong desire to see the Pac-12 officiating program continue to grow and thrive."    

In accepting Rush's resignation, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "I want to express my appreciation for the great contribution Ed made to basketball officiating for the Conference during his tenure, particularly in the area of training and the cultivation of new officiating talent. All of us at the Conference thank him for his years of hard work, and we wish him well."

UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne took to Twitter, stating, "Although u never want someone to lose their job, this is a good step for the Pac-12 in restoring confidence in the bball officiating program."

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